There is plenty of historical evidence that one can live a vibrant life after 60.
When you hit 60 you are at the crest of life, for the first time seeing both ways, backwards to see your mistakes and forward to know that you will make most of them again.
In candid moments, you admit to yourself that the end may be sooner than you would like. You have lived more years than you have left. Ageing is said to be the degradation of the body, biology’s way of encouraging us to pass on critical information to our offspring.
The recognition of mortality can be ‘one of the best things that can happen to you’.
The awareness of the brevity of human life should prompt us to pay attention to the things that really matter and therefore, to live a richer, more meaningful life.
Recognising mortality is helpful in figuring out your values and establishing goals. Imagine that you are eavesdropping on your own funeral, your spouse, family, friends and colleagues are all there talking about you. What would they be saying? What would you want them to say?
The human body is made to last 120 years, so there is still time to do all sorts of interesting things and feel good.
At one time a lifespan of 50 years was considered full, today, more and more people are living past their 100th birthday. So why not think of the 50th birthday as the beginning of a second life? A second chance?
At 50 you are starting all over again, but with the advantage of 50 years’ worth of experience. You can do just about everything you ever did, but with more wisdom to guide you and more perspective to enjoy yourself. Stay aware of those things that really matter to you, create goals and objectives that coincide with your values and carry them out as if you were going to live another 50 or 60 years.
A Financial Planner can help maximise the enjoyment.
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